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November 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Murray names City Hall veterans to lead transition team

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has picked two seasoned City Hall hands to lead his transition committee: former Seattle City Councilmember Martha Choe and King County budget director Dwight Dively.

Mayor elect Ed Murray announces his transition team at a press conference. At left is Dwight Dively, King County Budget Director, at right is Martha Choe, Chief Administrative Officer with the Gates Foundation. (Greb Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Mayor-elect Ed Murray, center, announces his transition team at a press conference on Thursday. King County budget director Dwight Dively, left, and former City Councilmember Martha Choe, right, will lead the team. Choe is Chief Administrative Officer with the Gates Foundation. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Dively is a well-regarded city budget expert who spent 22 years at the city, including a stint as finance director, before leaving in 2010 to join King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office.

Choe served on the council in the 1990s and is now chief administrative officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The trio go way back — Murray learned the ropes of city government as an aide in Choe’s council office at the same time Dively was on the council’s research staff.

“I think they reflect the type of leadership and the quality of folks that we want to have as part of our transition team and as part of our administration,” Murray said at a news conference introducing his picks at Lakewood Seward Park Community Club.

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